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Beyonce’s Wednesday News and Views

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Is there a more beloved woman in pop culture right now than Beyonce? It seems like Queen Bey can’t do anything wrong these days. When she cut her hair short (a move generally seen as a cry for help from most pop stars), America swooned and suddenly, the pixie cut was back in fashion. Not even naming her kid “Blue Ivy” could turn America off Beyonce. She’s one of those rare stars that is universally loved by men and women thanks to a blend of skills, beauty, and badass dance moves that even the best Zumba dancer fails to replicate. I’m not the least bit ashamed to say that when a Beyonce song comes on my workout mix, I run a little faster and sometimes even sing along (maybe that’s why I get so many strange looks?). Combine “all the women who independent” with a mogul of a husband in Jay-Z and the nation’s first child and you’ve got an icon, who will turn 32 on Wednesday. I’m sure she’ll celebrate in style on a yacht, but will feed herself her own grapes, because she’s somewhat down to earth for a gazillionaire.

Beyonce, in a world in which Miley Cyrus exists, we salute you:

Now, some notes and things to look forward to this week:

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JUCO ATH/CB Michael Mathis keeps the Stoops train rolling

Many worried that a disappointing opening loss would slow Mark Stoops’ recruiting momentum, but so far that’s not the case. Two-star JUCO athlete/cornerback Michael Mathis committed to the Cats on Tuesday night, becoming the 24th member of UK’s 2014 class. Mathis plays for Kilgore Community College, where he was teammates with current UK players Steven Borden and Joey Herrick. Mathis is 6’2″ 205 lbs, and can play multiple positions, but was recruited by Derrick Ansley at cornerback, a spot that desperately needs some talent and depth. Last season, he had thirty-seven tackles and one interception. He visited campus back in July, and Kentucky was his only offer. That’s pretty much all we know about him, but if he can play half as mean as he looks in that picture, I think we’ll be set. If you’re keeping track, Mark Stoops and company still have three scholarships left to give in the 2014 class.

Bud Dupree will stay at Defensive End…for now

After mentioning that he may move Bud Dupree to linebacker on his radio show Monday night, Mark Stoops backtracked on Tuesday and said that the talented junior will stay at defensive end…for now. Stoops says that they need Dupree at the end, but DJ Eliot has scripted some plays for him in the 3-4 package at outside linebacker. The staff already decided to move one defensive end to linebacker in TraVaughn Paschal and so far, Stoops says Paschal’s adapting to the spot well.

As for the rest of practice, Stoops said that the group has “moved on” from Saturday’s loss, and he didn’t see anyone sulking. He’s also not afraid to try some new things to help the team find its identity:

“It’s a work in progress, as you know. And you know, that’s what we try to do. We have to see who we are again and we have to find the right game plan to go out and win. I’m never going to shy away from that. I’ve said that from day one. No matter who we’re playing, we need to find the right guys with the right scheme to put them in position to win and that’s what we’re always going to try to do.”

Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report

Cody Quinn and Nate Willis both practiced on Tuesday, and reporters say they walked off the field in full pads with no noticeable limps or braces.

Could a Tyler Ulis/Devin Booker package be forming?

On Tuesday, Tyler Ulis cut his list of schools down to three: Iowa, Michigan State and Kentucky. The pint-sized point guard will visit Michigan State and Kentucky this weekend along with his friend Devin Booker. The two have talked about playing together at the next level, and will attend the Alumni Game on Monday. The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones spoke to Ulis on Tuesday to talk about his recruitment, and Ulis said that getting an offer from Calipari was pretty big considering his track record of putting point guards in the pros:

“It makes me feel like I can make my dreams come true because all of (Calipari’s) guards that he’s recruited have become pros and have had successful careers.”

Ulis also told Jones that he didn’t think his small size would be a problem at UK, and that he liked the idea of playing with Booker and Stanley Johnson at the next level. With Mudiay committed to SMU, Ulis may be Kentucky’s best option at point guard, and Booker is considered the nation’s second best shooting guard (ESPN), so it’s imperative that the Cats make a good impression this weekend, which I doubt will be difficult. Ulis says he hopes to make a decision in the next three weeks.

Kelly Oubre joins the party for Big Blue Madness

Kelly Oubre had been contemplating visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and on Tuesday, the 2014 small forward made that official visit official. Here’s the guest list for both the Alumni Game and Big Blue Madness so far:

Alumni Game (September 9th)
2014: Jahlil Okafor, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis
2015: Charles Matthews, Derrick Jones

Big Blue Madness (October 18th)
2014: Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Trey Lyles, James Blackmon, Jr., Rashad Vaughn

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Blue II and Blue III even have their own car

RIP Butler Blue II

Finally, farewell to one of the best mascots in college basketball, Butler Blue II, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of nine from congestive heart failure. I’ve got a soft spot for dogs, so naturally, I loved Blue II, who retired from the mascot game back in March. One of the cooler traditions in the sport is when Blue II (or now, Blue III) trots over to the student section at Hinkle to get a huge rawhide bone before the game. One of my friends is a passionate Butler fan and when Butler played Vandy in Nashville last season, Blue II and III visited his house for the photo-ops of a lifetime. Rest in peace, sweet pup. HarrisonTwins

I can’t end on a bad note. I asked you guys earlier to name which Harrison Twin was which in a picture released by UK. Turns out, we are becoming experts at this. Most of you guessed correctly that Aaron is the on the left, and Andrew on the right. Andrew has slightly longer hair right now, which means he can’t cut it all season or we’ll really be in the dark.

Lots more coming in the morning as we get you ready for Saturday’s game against Miami and Cal’s Fantasy Camp. See you then.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

35 Comments for Beyonce’s Wednesday News and Views



  1. Booyakasha
    11:07 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew is always squinting. Easiest was to tell.



  2. We Hang Banners
    11:11 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    BALLERS!



  3. tuxedo park
    11:19 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Blue II died the exact same time the Butler Basketball program did!



  4. Troy
    11:23 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    So where is the picture of her on her stripper pole, working it for our metrosexual American Fuhrer. Good Reggie Love. Stop letting Chris Matthews and Jon Stewart do your thinking for you.



  5. TD
    11:29 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Ms, T , I have a Windows phone and since the new website was unveiled the type is so small I can’t use the site on my phone anymore. Didn’t know if anyone else was having the same problem ? Any ideas for me to fix this on my end ? Thanks and keep up the great work



  6. Doc
    11:35 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Beyonce is,,,a person you clearly care a lot about. I think you may overestimate how much most of us are aware of anything in her life beyond the odd commercial spot (which DVR has mostly eliminated as well).

    Regarding Bud Dupree, I don’t envy Stoops’ decision. While the secondary is woeful, it’s not like there is great depth in the line either.



  7. TheRightIsWrong
    11:45 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    4. I knew it wouldn’t take long for a member of the racist, right-wing hate machine to make a blatant political comment about one of the most successful African-American entertainers in America. Kudos to you for continually confirming the obvious redneck stereotype that so permeates this fan base.



  8. 44 Stitches
    11:52 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Beyonce can’t hold Left Eye, Chilli, or T’boz’s bra were I’m from. I also ain’t to proud to beg.



  9. Smiley Pete
    12:41 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    I can always tell which articles are Tylers by the first celebrity gossip or clothing opinion. You’re a smart person, don’t sell yourself so cheap.



  10. Tired
    12:47 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    @ 4 & 7 . Please, go somewhere else, like Facebook or Youtube to post your drivel. We should all be more concerned with elected officials than we are with pop culture.
    examples:

    Jimmy Carter – I will never lie to you
    Ronald Regan – Trees cause pollution
    George Bush – I will not raise your taxes
    Bill Clinton – I never had sex with that woman
    George W Bush – my administration is fiscally responsible
    Barack Obama – I will have the most transparent presidency in our history.



  11. SeaCat
    1:25 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    I want Basketball!!!!!
    Big Blue Basketball



  12. True Story
    1:31 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure the easiest way for us to tell the twins apart will be the fact that their jerseys will have different numbers. o.O



  13. SeaCat
    1:33 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Is KSRcollege dead?
    I used to go there for bball recruiting news…



  14. soggyUKgrad
    1:45 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    #5 I have an iPhone and I have the same problem….the font is tiny.



  15. Paintball Manchester
    2:09 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Celebreties are good and helps alot in promoting any sports, I wonder when this will happen with paintball.



  16. Jnet389
    2:48 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    You can also tell them apart because Aaron always has a more round looking face



  17. HEY # 7
    2:57 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Typical automated response from a liberal. Same response to everything. Does it ever get tiring? Turn off your Al Sharpton CD’s and join us in the real world.



  18. Zed
    5:37 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Zed



  19. Walter Sobchak
    6:18 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    When are the changes to the comment section coming??



  20. Where's Larry?
    6:43 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Shouldn’t the Beyonce stuff be on the Funkhouser section of the site?



  21. Who cares
    6:56 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Did she cut her hair…….or just take her extensions out. Oh wait…..who cares?



  22. Anthony
    7:42 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Beyonce is trash…………



  23. Don Imus
    7:48 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, pretty sure that’s not her real hair.



  24. Ibleedblu
    8:22 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Did you see the third Austin powers? Beyonce is terrible, shuga



  25. classof68
    8:46 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    The fact that Stoops offered a 2 star with only 4 scholies available may not bode well for finishing up strong.



  26. classof68
    8:58 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. TT – pls. don’t promote the Illuminati. They are the enemy.



  27. Joe
    9:08 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    25, is that fake Jerry in disguise?



  28. CATandMONKEY
    9:11 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Some people don’t know the history of KSR and its ubiquitous use of celebrities in the News and Views posts.

    Posting a celebrity known predominantly for her fine singing, provocative dress and her husband, is hardly a statement nor an endorsement of any political affiliation.

    I don’t care about anything Beyonce does. Not caring is NOT a statement of bias or prejudice.

    Still would like to see Alvin Bud in the LB role. He is a monster as an LB but maybe a bit undersized on the line. We need SOMEONE in the secondary to wrap up tackles upon first contact.

    Continue to be hopeful for this team but Saturday provided way too many flashbacks of a Nuclear Minter



  29. beavis606
    9:16 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why in the Sam Hell did we offer Mathis a ride? We were his ONLY offer? And we give a full ride? For a 2 star? Seriously?



  30. Troy
    9:19 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #7, who brought up race? That’s right, YOU did you bigoted projecting idiot. You exemplify the left. Blame all your failings on some false notion of racism that you manufacture and stoke when poll after poll proves you wrong. Now go take off your NO WAR IN IRAQ shirt and go put on you BOMB SYRIA shirt after stuffing another Obama bobblehead doll up your ass.

    Hey f-tard, Google Reggie Love



  31. RealCatsFan
    10:07 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Proof positive right there that the Twins actually are capable of smiling in a picture. Can’t wait to see them on the court in blue and white!



  32. MattH
    11:56 am September 4, 2013 Permalink

    Many worried that a disappointing opening loss would slow Mark Stoops’ recruiting momentum, but so far that’s not the case. Two-star……….Anyone else’s chuckle at this sentence?



  33. RealCatsFan
    1:42 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

    MattH, IIRC, Randall Cobb was only a 3 star out of HS. Sometimes you find a diamond in the rough. Hopefully the Cats will find a few of them – they need it!



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:52 pm September 4, 2013 Permalink

      We’re working on fixing the font size on mobile phones…the iPhone has the same issue.



  34. NYC Wildcat
    12:13 am September 5, 2013 Permalink

    Um, you know that ain’t Beyonce’s real hair, right?